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Summer Events at CAA:

Please join us for a special Community Wide Kabbalat Shabbat: Friday, July 24th, 5:30pm

Our Membership Committee is providing fresh challah and a Shabbat Goody Bag free of charge to the Newburyport Jewish Community (both members and non members) all you need to do is sign up!!

Shabbat Bags can be picked up outside the Shul between 2-4:30pm Friday the 24th or delivered to your doorstep by volunteers.

We are really hoping as many people as possible will participate in this program both through ordering challah and coming to a short online service--candle lighting, kiddush and Shalom Aleichem together.  

Let's make this a big Community Celebration!

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New Summer Adult Education Series:

Exploring Social Justice From Jewish History to this Moment

The Lappin Foundation Presents: Unearthing the Bond Between Blacks and Jews

Join us for an evening with Joshua Washington, Director of the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel (IBSI), an organization dedicated to education about the sacred bond between black Americans and Jews particularly during the civil rights era, but further back and even now. IBSI realizes that education is the key to a better pathway forward.

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This program is free and open to all and is sponsored by Lappin Foundation, Chabad of the North Shore – Swampscott, Lynn, Peabody, Everett, Congregation Ahavas Achim, Congregation Shirat Hayam, Congregation Sons of Israel, Congregation Tifereth Israel, Sephardic, Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, North Suburban Jewish Community Center, Shalom Hadassah, Temple B’nai Abraham, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Ner Tamid, Temple Sinai and Temple Tiferet Shalom. 


CAA will also be hosting a number of other speakers over the summer to talk about issues relating to social justice. All sessions will be held over Zoom, are free of charge and open to the public. To register and receive the Zoom links please RSVP here:


Rabbi Avi Poupko: July 22, 9am  

Building a just society is an imperative generated directly from the text of the Torah. Calling on Jewish history and traditional Rabbinic sources, Rabbi Poupko will discuss how Jewish tradition has established an imperative for the Jewish community to be actors in creating a more just world.

A fourth generation Rabbi and the former Rabbi at CAA, Avi and his wife Carina live with their four children outside Jerusalem. He is the Academic Director of the Ein Prat Leadership Higher Academy in the Judean Desert. When he’s not teaching or taking care of his family; Avi can be found traveling throughout Israel as an official Israeli Tour guide. His tour guide website is at:

Nigel De Juan Hatton PH.D : August 12, 4pm

Nigel will talk about the intersections of human rights and literature. CAA’s connection to Nigel goes back to Sue Latham’s graduate school days at UC Berkeley. Both shared the same professor in a boot camp writing class and went on to collaborate on a thesis project called Living with the Memory about the lived experiences of mothers from the African American community in Oakland, California who have lost a child(ren) to homicide.

Nigel is currently an assistant professor of literature and philosophy at the University of California, Merced, Hatton has also taught courses at Stanford, UC Berkeley and the University of Wurzburg in Germany as well as in California State prisons. His numerous fellowships and grants include a policy directive project for the University of California on African American Women and Ending Cultures of Homicides. His published work includes essays on the relationship of human rights and literature, as well as the literary and political ideas of writers and thinkers such as James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Jr., Soren Kierkegaard, Jose Marti and Ivan Kima.

Carina Poupko: August 26th, 1pm 

Carina will give an overview of how the history of the holocaust and its dissemination has evolved since the end of the war. She will also examine the process that is used to bestow the honor of Righteous Among the Nations and the ethical “grey areas” that Yad Vashem encounters in this process.

In 2018 Carina was selected to be part of a competitive program that the trains guides for Yad Vashem, the premier Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. As an official Yad Vashem guide Carina divides her time between guiding VIPs and diplomats visiting Israel on official business and working with teachers who are visiting from all over the world to help them learn how to teach the holocaust when they return to their native countries.  

And stay tuned for more speakers and dates to be added to the calendar.



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